When dieters think of nuts, they might typically think of them as a “no no” food. That’s because nuts contain a lot of calories in a small amount of space due to their high fat content. Add the additional oils they are sometimes roasted in if they’re not raw, and the salt, and this looks even less healthy.
However, a new study released has pretty much contradicted this theory and shown that nuts are indeed a food to be included in your daily diet if at all possible. Not just for breast health and breast cancer prevention, but for heart health, weight maintenance and general heart health and longevity as well. That’s a pretty full plate of benefits for this little food!
My personal favorites are the cashew, walnut and pecan. The only problem is that I love them roasted and salted. The plain ones are ok, but man there is nothing like a good roasted, salted nut and unfortunately that means they are cooked in some sort of oil which adds more fat. But they can still offer a lot of nutrition too!
The latest study shows some pretty awesome evidence that nuts are a food that should be eaten every day. People who regularly consumed nuts, every day or close to it, were less likely to die of ANY cause.
This is all proven during a long study done by Harvard that spanned about 30 years and included over a hundred thousand men and women. Things like heart disease and cancer incidence were dramatically whittled down in this group, and their longevity was generally much more lengthy too.
People who consumed nuts on a regular basis also interestingly had a better, more steady weight and seemed to have less issues with weight and obesity than the non-nut eating group did. This is interesting because although nuts contain healthy fats and oils, they are high in calories due to this fat content.
I guess it goes to show it’s the KIND of fat you eat that determines your health and weight, not necessarily the amount of dietary fat. Although it is worth noting that nuts should be consumed with some respect to how caloric they are, so that you don’t inadvertently gain a bunch of weight from eating too many.
With so many kids afflicted with the peanut allergy these days, it’s a shame that they might have to miss out on the obvious health benefits of nuts. While being allergic to peanuts doesn’t necessarily mean you’re allergic to all nuts, it certainly doesn’t put you in a good spot for not having reactions to nuts in general.
That being said, I think that women in particular should strive to work different types of nuts into their diet. It seems that women really benefit from these healthy fats and non-animal protein and enjoy much better breast health because of these being in their diet. Since nuts are tied to a leaner body too, this helps with preventing breast cancer because excess fat storage on the body means you likely also have excessive estrogens floating around in the blood, which translates into a higher risk of most types of breast cancer.